Become a Better Leader through Self-Assessment

Lao-tzu wrote “It is wisdom to know others; it is enlightenment to know one’s self”. Perhaps it was no surprise then when researchers found that leaders who do undertake a voyage of personal understanding and development can transform not only their own capabilities but also those of their companies. If knowing one’s self is enlightening […]

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Corporate Culture is Critical

In my opinion organizational culture is the most important factor beyond the work itself – more so than compensation or benefits. Given the choice I’d like to think that everyone would choose to work in an environment that allows for freedom of expression and ideas, where one feels valued and where one has the liberty […]

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Sustainability Leadership

It’s an interesting dynamic – sustainability and for-profit organizations. Sustainability is a requirement of business today, an expectation. Yet it requires capital outlay that must come from somewhere. As a consumer I am not too worried about how companies pay for it but at the same time I don’t want price increases in the products […]

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Workplace Motivation and Rewards

Reward systems are important for us as leaders and as consumers of the system. There are a number of theories, some old, some more recent, some supported with empirical evidence, others not supported at all. After researching a number of motivation and reward systems theories I was able to eliminate from my consideration those theories not […]

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Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg

Responding to my Professor’s question about whether some leaders are simply born with exquisite capabilities, I think these guys are by far the exceptions. Michael Dell dropped out of college as well. What they all have in common, beyond innate intelligence, is that they latched onto something that they were so passionate about that they […]

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Prejudice at Work

There are a lot of enlightened people that understand the implications, effects and consequences of prejudice. And while I understand them and wish I were immune, I sometimes catch myself thinking a discriminatory thought. While growing up one side of my family demonstrated prejudicial behavior and of course I “learned” from that. It was confusing […]

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Why People Behave the way they do – VABEs

Leaders need to better understand why people behave the way they do. While it is unlikely to understand the “holes” in people’s personalities, the identification of an individual’s values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations (VABE)s provides insight into the behavior. I can see where one could get to know their direct reports well enough, over time, […]

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5 Things Great Leaders No Longer Do

On the subject of leadership, I found an interesting article at CEO.com titled “5 Things Great Leaders No Longer Do”. I found it striking that these 5 steps tie directly into what I’ve recently written about – authenticity, empathy, EQ, SQ, etc. about leadership. While the article provides more detail, the list with my key […]

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